Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…
Kenny Omega Signs New NJPW Contract
Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter than Kenny Omega has signed a one-year contract extension with NJPW, thus ending any and all speculation surrounding Omega moving to the WWE. Talk of Omega joining the WWE was always more in hope than in expectation, but this new contract is rumored to be until January 31st 2019, which totally rules him out of any WWE events in 2018.
Meltzer also released his star ratings for this weekend’s NJPW Wrestle Kingdom event, awarding the much-loved match between Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega 5 stars, the highest rating on the card, with the main event, Okada Vs Naito, being awarded 4.75 stars.
Omega also appeared on this week’s episode of Talk is Jericho, Chris Jericho’s podcast, and the two discussed both the build-up to their match and the match itself. While it may seem like it is a little soon to be sitting down and publicly chatting about the match, it’s a great episode and one I would highly recommend.
Brackets Announced for the Mixed Match Challenge
WWE officially announced the brackets for the upcoming Mixed Match Challenge show. They are as follows:
Week One: Finn Balor & Sasha Banks vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Natalya.
Week Two: The Miz & Asuka vs. Big E & Carmella.
Week Three: Braun Strowman & Alexa Bliss vs. Sami Zayn & Becky Lynch.
Week Four: Goldust & Alicia Fox vs. Jimmy Uso & Naomi.
Week Five: Elias & Bayley vs. Rusev & Lana.
Week Six: Apollo Crews & Nia Jax vs. Bobby Roode & Charlotte Flair
The first episode of the show will air next Tuesday, the 16th of January, live on Facebook.
Women’s Royal Rumble Participants Update
Talking about the Women’s Royal Rumble in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer indicated that a total of 9 NXT talents would be called up to compete in the event. This, combined with the 19 women competing from the main roster, would leave very little room for many surprise entrants.
If we are to assume that Ronda Rousey, who is quickly becoming the worst kept secret in wrestling, is going to make her debut at the event also, then that would leave space for one surprise entrant.
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